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At AidData, we pride ourselves on having a diverse and amazing team. This is especially important when working across three anchor institutions and a growing list of interdisciplinary partners. If you are interested in joining us, check out our career openings below.

Technical Associate

Dream Job for the Nitty-Gritty Techie:

If you think the idea of sinking your teeth into complex systems where you get use your own creativity to assess and create technical requirements to solve problems in the world of international development data is appealing, then this is the job for you.

We are looking for someone who loves to dig into the nitty-gritty of technical systems to ensure high quality and on-time delivery of project milestones for Development Gateway's products and services, particularly related to the area of software development and data analysis. Development Gateway is an institutional member of the AidData partnership. Learn more about Development Gateway here.

You will get a range of responsibilities to including: project management, technical consulting/assessment, technical requirements, data quality assurance and analysis, and technical documentation. This position will focus primarily on a large and exciting USAID award for collecting, visualizing, and analyzing geospatial and big data in over 10 countries. You’ll benefit from a wide degree of creativity, latitude, and responsibility.

What you get to do:

  • Technical evaluation, architecture, and needs assessment.
  • Contribute to new product development, testing, and implementation
  • Work with partners, external clients and technical resources to ensure that project milestones are met on time and done to client satisfaction. May act as the technical liaison for partner and client questions.
  • Translate client requirements into technical issues and features for the development team.
  • Creation of  project planning documents such as project plans, risk management list and work breakdown structures to aid in effective project management
  • Establish and update user documentation and training materials
  • Create manual system testing procedures and follow-up with developers and business team to ensure that all bugs are resolved.
  • Any administrative duties and follow-up.

The Necessities for Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Computer Science / Computer Engineering degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years of proven analytical and business experience.
  • Previous experience in internet applications  installation, requirements gathering, and testing (manual and automated).
  • Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in Spanish and/or French is preferable.

Skills that will put you over the top:

  • Excellent understanding of Internet-based applications development lifecycle and technologies.
  • Familiarity with project management software; working knowledge of Java-based systems and RDBMS tools.
  • Familiarity with NoSQL/Document Store databases a plus.
  • Familiarity with Esri and GIS tools and basic GIS concepts a plus.
  • Excellent analytical skills and commitment to continuous product and process improvement.
  • Understanding of data management, analysis, and quality control a plus.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced dynamic environment.
  • Ability to communicate easily with both technical and non-technical staff.
  • Good organizational skills to manage a broad and unpredictable workload and meet deadlines and work under own initiative.
  • Excellent (written and verbal) communication and customer interaction skills.
  • Familiarity with international development and related data types a plus.
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally on an infrequent basis.

To apply:  Send your cover letter and resume to jobs@developmentgateway.org.

Communications Associate

Description

Do you want to make an impact in the open data/open government space? Do you have a nose for news, a passion for writing phrases in 140 characters or less, and an ability to multitask that can make your head spin? Then this could be the job for you.

You will work in a start-up environment with a great team that provides the space and flexibility to be creative and have ownership over your work. In this position, you will carry out a range of responsibilities including managing AidData’s social media presence across various platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Flickr, YouTube), editing blog posts and maintaining the editorial calendar for AidData’s blog, writing news articles and blog posts for partners, capturing photos and video at organization events, managing distribution lists, making newsletters and email campaigns, and designing outreach materials. AidData’s Communications Associate will support the AidData Communications and Policy Outreach team, reporting to the team’s Director. The person who fills this role should have excellent written and verbal communications skills and a strategic mindset. We value self-starters and big ideas.

Apply online at: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/17849

Required Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Government, Communications, English, or related field
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Ability to work effectively both autonomously and as a team player influencing others' attitudes and behaviors through example
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Documents and Google Calendar
  • Innovative, flexible, strong work ethic

Exceptional Education & Experience

  • Graphic design/multimedia production experience
  • Experience managing social media accounts for a brand or organization
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite – specifically InDesign, Photoshop, Premium Pro
  • Final Cut
  • Advanced Excel (e.g. macros, lookup functions, pivot tables)
  • Google Analytics
  • Mailchimp
  • GIS
  • Web design (html/css)
  • Demonstrated interest in international development
  • Master’s degree in International Affairs, Public Policy, Communications, Public Administration, or related field

Location

427 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA. 23185

Application deadline

Until filled

Employment type

Full time

Compensation

Commensurate with experience 

 

GIS Analyst

Description

The GIS Analyst will be responsible for helping AidData identify the strategies and processes needed to support its existing project-level database into a geographically-anchored database to help facilitate the geospatial demands and requests of AidData’s Research Consortium, a network of 100 faculty members across 50 universities. The GIS Analyst will work primarily with the Senior Geospatial Scientist and the Database Manager, as well as with a larger team of project managers, technical analysts, and geospatial computer programmers at the College of William and Mary and Development Gateway, an international non-profit institution in Washington D.C. that builds information technology solutions to make aid and development efforts more effective. Apply online at: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/17258

Required Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Geography, Geographic Information Science, Computer Science, a related field or commensurate professional experience (3+ years)

  • Computer programming experience, using R, SQL, Python, Perl, and/or shell

  • Relational database management experience using PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite

  • Geographic information systems and remote sensing experience such as ArcGIS, Idrisi Taiga, and or Erdas Imagine

  • Experience designing geospatial research projects/programs

  • Experience with open source mapping tools

  • Proven ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

  • Proven ability to manage a broad and unpredictable workload and meet deadlines and work under own initiative

  • Excellent (written and verbal) communication and client interaction skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook

  • Excellent analytical and presentation skills

Preferred Education & Experience 

  • Familiarity with Version Control systems and software (e.g. GitHub, SVN)

  • One or more Javascript mapping application frameworks (e.g. Leaflet, Openlayers)

  • Familiarity with server-side geospatial software and techniques

  • Familiarity with Postgres, PostGIS, and/or MongoDB

  • Familiarity with OGC standards

  • Strong knowledge of open data standards

  • Familiarity with International Aid Finance data standards and terminology

Location

427 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Employment Type

Full time

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

 

Data Analyst

Description

AidData’s Data Analyst will work closely with the Research Manager and the Program Managers to manage a large database tracking over $5.4 trillion dollars of aid allocation. The position will also help to support the creation of datasets for researchers from the world’s leading universities who are committed to using geocoded aid data and other sources of geospatial information to help the global development community make evidence-based policy and programming decisions. Responsibilities will include data acquisition and quality assurance, product development, and delivery of datasets. Apply online at: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/17300

Required Education & Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in either a development finance-related discipline or computer science discipline, such as economics, political science, international development, GIS, information systems or public policy; or commensurate professional experience (3+ years)

  • Analytical skills, a detail oriented nature, and demonstrated experience working with complex datasets.

  • Proficiency in SQL (primarily for pulling data from a database)

  • Excellent technical writing skills

  • Experience with systems administration, database design, and data-driven programming

  • Ability and eagerness to learn and employ new tools as needed

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, to carry out assignments in a timely manner, and to adapt to changing situations and priorities

  • Ability to work closely with project management teams to evaluate current systems and make decisions about future programming and development

  • Ability to multitask by working on projects while still undertaking day-to-day operations

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Ability to query, join and analyze large data sets

  • One or more of the following languages: Python, Javascript, Perl, PHP, Ruby

  • Familiarity with Version Control systems and software (e.g. GitHub, SVN)

  • One or more Javascript application frameworks

  • Familiarity with geospatial software and techniques

  • Previous experience with R or Stata

  • Familiarity with Postgres and/or MongoDB

  • Experience with Natural Language

  • Processing and/or Machine Learning

  • Strong knowledge of open data standards

  • Familiarity with International Aid Finance data standards and terminology

Location

427 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Employment Type

Full time

Compensation

Commensurate with experience

 

Program Manager

Description

If you think the idea of making an impact in the arena of open government and open data for international development, where you can use your creativity and work on a great team in a start-up environment, is appealing, then this could be the job for you. 

You will benefit from a wide degree of creativity, latitude, and ownership while carrying out a range of responsibilities, including managing complex and fast-moving programs, developing partnerships with key overseas stakeholders, measuring and communicating results to clients and partners, and designing and implementing activities to promote the use of open data to advance development outcomes in the US and abroad. 

We anticipate that this position would be able to support a growing overseas portfolio and help create the framework for local partner and civil society engagement.

Apply online at: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/16373

Preferred Education & Experience

  • a skilled professional in program management and partnership relations, who is interested in being involved with strategic growth of an overseas portfolio

  • strong writing experience and willing to work with students and faculty

  • understands or has worked with/for our partners, including organizations like USAID, World Bank, or Center for Global Development

  • some qualified candidates will be recent graduates from graduate school (graduate degree preferred)

Location
427 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA. 23185

Application deadline
Until filed

Employment type
Full time

Compensation
Salary range: $40,000 - $45,000, commensurate with experience. More information on the cost of living in Williamsburg can be found here: http://www.bls.gov/cpi/